[ mak-uh-roon ]
/ ˌmæk əˈrun /


a drop cookie made of egg whites, sugar, usually almond paste or coconut, and sometimes a little flour.

Nearby words

  1. macaron,
  2. macaroni,
  3. macaroni cheese,
  4. macaroni wheat,
  5. macaronic,
  6. macarthur,
  7. macarthur, douglas,
  8. macartney rose,
  9. macassar,
  10. macassar oil

Origin of macaroon

1605–15; < Middle French macaron < dialectal Italian maccarone cake or biscuit made of ground almonds; see macaroni

Can be confusedmacaron macaroon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for macaroon


/ (ˌmækəˈruːn) /


a kind of sweet biscuit made of ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites

Word Origin for macaroon

C17: via French macaron from Italian maccarone macaroni

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Word Origin and History for macaroon



1610s, "small sweet cake consisting largely of ground almonds," from French macaron (16c.), from dialectal Italian maccarone (see macaroni). French meaning said to have been invented 1552 by Rabelais. The -oon ending was conventional in 15c.-17c. English to add emphasis to borrowings of French nouns ending in stressed -on.

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